Family Story


The Gumpertz Family Story

Learn about the Gumpertzes, a German American family who lived in 97 Orchard Street in the 1870s.

This Family Story is part of our Upper Elementary Unit Plan. You can view the full unit plan here.


Overview

This article shares the story of Natalie Gumpertz, a German single mother who raised her three daughters in the Lower East Side in the 1870s. Students explore the community of the Little Germany neighborhood, and learn how Natalie supported her family during an economic crisis with the help of her community. Primary sources include a census record and a charity recipient list, and the teacher guide includes student-facing questions and writing activities.


Time Period

1870s


Related Topics

  • German Immigration
  • Garment Work
  • Community


Primary Sources

  • 1870 Census – Find the Gumpertz family and many other immigrants from Germany on this 1870 Census. (See below)
  • United Hebrew Charity Ledger – Investigate how an immigrant family in the 1870’s got help in a time of need. (See below)
  • 1880 Census – See how an immigrant from Germany, Natalie Gumpertz, is supporting her family in 1880. (See below)

 

1870 Census

Find the Gumpertz family and many other immigrants from Germany on this 1870 Census.

United Hebrew Charity Ledger

Investigate how an immigrant family in the 1870’s got help in a time of need.

1880 Census

See how an immigrant from Germany, Natalie Gumpertz, is supporting her family in 1880.


Associated Lessons

Upper Elementary: 4-5th Grade

Inspect an 1870’s Charity Ledger

Students learn about a German community that worked together through an 1870’s Charity ledger.

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Questions on lessons and activities?

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